Hopefully Newcastle will make an announcement sometime this week on who their new coach will be – probably on Wednesday – and unless there’s a complete shock then Steve McClaren will get the nod, and McClaren will have a lot of work to do immediately.
Cheick Tiote – will probably leave this summer
With Cheick Tiote not being available since he went to the African Cup of Nations in January, it seemed that he is headed out of the club after five years on board, after we signed him for £3.5M from FC Twente back in 2010.
Steve McClaren was his manager at FC Twente in that last season when they won the Dutch Championship, and it will be interesting to see if Steve tries to keep Check on board for next season.
Cheick still has two years left on his contract at Newcastle, after he signed that lucrative six and a half year deal in January 2011 after only being at the club for six months..
There’s news today in the Shields Gazette that Steve McClaren will be meeting with Managing Director Lee Charnley – probably tomorrow – to sort out some issues including who is going to be on his coaching staff.
Cheick is unlikely to attract any top clubs this summer, and he played only 12 times for Newcastle last season due to injury.
So it will be interesting to see if Cheick is kept at the club, but he turns 29 later this month and his injury record of late has been poor, and when he plays he picks up so many yellow cards that he also misses game through suspension.
With Jack Colback coming in last summer and Moussa Sissoko a good central midfielder we could probably cash in on Cheick, and we really need to bring in a creative central midfielder to finally replace Yohan Cabaye.
We’d be surprised if Tiote is still at Newcastle come September.
Cheick has played 131 times for Newcastle with that one terrific goal against Arsenal, and while at FC Twente for three seasons he played 86 times with one goal.
What do you think?